Design at the Palazzo Reale: 70 Years of Kartell

Design at the Palazzo Reale: 70 Years of Kartell
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The design of Kartell celebrates its first 70 years at the Palazzo Reale. In the 19th Century halls of the Appartamento del Principe, an exhibition journeying across seven decades, where the evolution of Italy runs parallel to a story made up of chairs and lamps, juicers and bookshelves. But there’s more - the exhibition looks at the past of Kartell and its potent relationship with art that, over time, transformed the tiny factory of Noviglio into an icon of design, collaborating with such names as Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Gae Aulenti, Philippe Stark and Vico Magistretti. This vibrant exhibition lines up the milestone works of its itinerary with a rich collection of artworks from the most varied corners of contemporary study - from the sources of inspiration for the designers to the photos created for Kartell by Gabriele Basilico, Maurizio Cattelan and Vanessa Beecroft, up to the seven Electric Chairs created in 2011 by American director Bob Wilson for his 70th birthday and displayed in the foyer of La Scala. “To celebrate our anniversary we have chosen to not take a traditionally celebratory path,” said Kartell’s President Claudio Luti, “but to explore and exhibit to Kartell’s public in a way never seen before - that of a research not bounded by the world of design, a vehicle of an artistic and cultural vision of living that reflects the necessities, expressions and evolutions of contemporary society.”
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano